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ACOM DSB TEACHER FOR THE BLIND

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) Teacher for the Blind is responsible for teaching independent living skills

Class Code:

E039C

Job Grade:

GS06

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

Teaches blind and visually-impaired clients to organize and identify household items and utilize aids or adaptive techniques in performing home-making activities, such as cooking, cleaning, and sewing. Instructs clients in the use of systematic grooming and hygiene techniques, such as applying make up, coordinating clothing, shaving, and other personal functions. Teaches communication skills, such as typing, beginning Braille, and use of the tape recorder, abacus, talking calculator, large print materials, and Braille or talking watches. Counsels clients with regard to coping with and adjusting to blindness and provides client with information and assistance in using community resources, such as church and civic organizations, and social and transportation services. Conducts intake interview to assess rehabilitation needs and eligibility for services. Contacts medical professionals, other public and private agencies, civic groups and others to obtain referrals of new clients and to enlist cooperation in providing services. Writes narrative reports and maintains case records pertaining to client services. Analyzes high technology/sensory aids needs of clients matching client skills to appropriate equipment and installs or assists in the installation of equipment and follows-up on client instruction in use of equipment as necessary. Researches information regarding new sensory aid technology and advises clients and other agency personnel regarding equipment capabilities, limitations and availability. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of rehabilitation training techniques for the blind/visually impaired. Knowledge of aids, appliances, or equipment used to enhance the functioning of the blind/visually impaired. Knowledge of agency and community referral sources. Knowledge of state and federal benefit eligibility requirements. Ability to teach independent living skills. Ability to interview and obtain and provide information. Ability to devise or modify independent living techniques or devices to meet individual needs. Ability to prepare reports and maintain case records.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, education or a related field; plus three years of experience in case management, counseling or a related area. Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired certification as a rehabilitation teacher. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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